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question on Fage yogurt...

So, I keep hearing Fage this and Fage that, all on Chow. So when I was scouting my organic section the other day, I saw Fage 2% with a little side cup of honey. I bought it. It was $2.69! I haven't eaten it yet because I want to make sure there isn't something life altering I should be doing with or to it before I attempt to consume.

Differences in Fage and Fage 2%?

Thanks Chowsers.

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  1. I've only had Fage 0%, and it's really good. Very thick and creamy, and smooth, fresh flavor. I like that it's not as sharply tangy as some other plain yogurts.

    1. Fage is imported from Greece so, I suppose, it can be counted as real Greek yogurt. It's good but pretty expensive. They sell yogurt with honey all over Greece as street food.

      Trader Joe's has a "greek-style" yogurt which is about as thick and tangy as the imported stuff, at about 60% of the price. We usually go with that.

      You can approximate the thick stuff by putting regular yogurt to drain in a strainer lined with a paper towel for several hours or overnight (in the fridge.) This makes a pretty good base for Tzatsiki or other sauce of your choice. It's better to use a yogurt without gelatin or other thickeners.

      1. Just eat it and enjoy it! Okay, one suggestion: don't mix the honey in too thoroughly -- I think it's better laced with ribbons of honey rather then completely mixed. Also, since I didn't figure this out right away, I should mention that the container is designed so you just fold the honey container over the yogurt side to pour it out.

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        1. re: Ruth Lafler

          "...just fold the honey container over..." Neat-O!!! I didn't know this!!!

          The honey is really good, so be sure -- as Ruth has advised -- to be able to taste it without homogenizing it into the yogurt. Fage will not reveal their honey source; I have spoken with their reps on several occasions, but they remain quiet.

          1. re: Ruth Lafler

            I was unaware of this, but I think the honey is WAY to thick for it to "pour" out, especially since it's refrigerated.

            When I bought the smaller cups with honey cups alongside, I would dip the tip of the spoon into the honey, and then get some yogurt on the spoon and eat it that way.

            Now I just buy the big containers and I've got a tin of Greek thyme honey purchased in a Greek store in Arlington, MA in my pantry that I just spoon some honey out of into a small Tupperware container to eat alongside the Fage.

            1. re: LindaWhit

              after hearing about fage all over the american boards i had to pick up some while visiting a TJs in philly... omg... it's fantastic at 2% with honey and i'd probably sit around and eat this stuff for dessert, if not all day.

              completely agree with lindawhit though, that honey is way too dense out of the fridge to drip over top of the yogurt. i'd do the same and cover my soon with some honey then dip into the yogurt. the sweetness is just fantastic with the lower sour yogurt. it's like low-fat panna cotta!

              1. re: LindaWhit

                I agree about it being too thick to pour -- I actually mulled the phrasing for a while. Actually, though, what it makes it easy to to is scoop/scrape it into the yogurt.

                Zergut (a widely available Bulgarian/Eastern European brand) multiflower honey does a pretty decent approximation of the Greek honey for a reasonable price. Better than any American honey I've tried (and I've tried lots, because I have quite a few different "artisinal" honeys).

                1. re: Ruth Lafler

                  The Orino brand Greek thyme honey I have wasn't too costly for the amount I got, IIRC. I bought it several years ago, and because of the intense flavor, a little goes a long way! I am nearing the bottom third of the tin, so a trip back to that little Greek store will be in order.

                  1. re: Ruth Lafler

                    Ruth -- I, too, love the Zergut the best! And, like you, I have a cabinet full of various honeys that I have tried -- during my honey period! -- when I searched the various markets and specialty stores for honey. You specifically mentioned their multiflower one, but have you tried their Acacia? It is my favorite! And I also agree with you -- actually, I could have written your post! -- that the Zergut brand most approximates the Fage yogurt honey.

                    When I spoke with some reps at Fage, trying to purchase their honey, she directed me to Attika brand, which is another honey available in most Middle Eastern markets. However, I don't like the Attika honey as much as the Zergut honey.

                    I also purchased some dry, powdered honey at a Korean market; it offers a nice crunch in the Fage yogurt. While the dry honey has a definite honey flavor, it is not as rich and pronounced as our more traditional syrup honey.

                    I will offer my vote for the 0% Fage yogurt. I find it quite rich enough for my tastes, and then if I am short on fat at the end of the day, I can always go get a donut!

              2. I've never tried the 2% Fage with honey, but the 0% Fage is my go-to treat (for that price--almost $6 for 16 oz. at my local co-op--i mean: Daa-yaaam!). It's so good, that I'm convinced the fabulously diet-friendly nutritional information on the package is a bald-faced lle.

                1. $4.28 for 17 oz. container @ the local TJ's in Massachusetts. $4.99 @ Market Basket (DeMoula's)

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                  1. re: shaebones

                    TJs. *Shudder*

                    I only shop at TJs under duress. I'd rather pay an extra $2 and have 0% Fage be an once-a-month treat than deal with that place.

                  2. I love the stuff, though it is expensive. One caution, though: don't try the full-fat Fage because it's so delicious you won't want to go back to the lower- or non-fat versions.

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                    1. re: Kagey

                      Absolutely! The only Fage I eat now is the full fat. I've been known to just mix it with some high-quality preserves and serve it as a dessert in parfait glasses - and people will ask for the recipe, it's that good!

                      1. re: Kagey

                        I disagree. 2% tastes as good as full fat version. It feels lighter though without sacrificing the taste (I can never finish the 5oz container of the full fat version, but can the 2% one). I disliked 0% though - too tart and thin. I just recently tried 5% - it was good, definitely creamier (slightly) than 2%. Interesting though the calorie content was the same as 2%, but it looked like there was less yogurt in the container than 2% version.

                        1. re: welle

                          I actually got home and checked the 2% container - it's 7oz.

                      2. I would suggest adding walnuts as well! Mmmm... good stuff! Like a dessert!

                        1. WHERE did you find 2% with honey? I've only seen full fat with honey.

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                          1. re: NancyC

                            I enjoy the Trader Joe's version of the 2% just as much as the Fage 2%. I began putting lemon curd in, and crubles of freeze-dried strawberries. It sits in my lunch bag for a while, and buy the time I eat it the strawberries are plump. Yum.

                            This morning I tried ginger preserves and a couple drops of mint extract, and the strawberries. It was great.

                            1. re: NancyC

                              I thought that 2% with honey must have been an urban myth, but (and I'm almost afraid to reveal this for fear of it selling out before I can get my hands on some) I just saw it on sale at Freshdirect.

                              http://www.freshdirect.com/category.j...

                              weetara
                              http://yogblogusa.blogspot.com

                            2. Way too pricey at 2.69.
                              Look around, it goes for 1.59 to 1.99 elsewhere.
                              PS: The 0% not quite as good, but still better than any other yogurt, and the full fat is really super-terrific but just too much fat to be healthy IMO. I favor the 0%, a good "compromise".

                              1. Another variation... "Arroz Con Leche"... Fage with Cinammon & Honey... a solid everyday, simple dessert

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                                1. re: Eat_Nopal

                                  Fage (ok, TJ's I'm not paying 5 bucks for yogurt) with ginger preserves, honey and a bit of cinnamon over sliced strawberries is now my after-work snack of choice.

                                  1. re: Jeters

                                    I love Fage with pomegranate molasses and some walnuts.

                                    1. re: marcia2

                                      So, I know this is going to sound horrible. I didn't love it. It was just okay for me. A little too sour almost even with the honey. Maybe it's just not something I'm used too. Maybe the full fat would be better to try. The honey was great though.

                                      Don't shoot, Hounds! I'm going to give it another whirl.

                                      1. re: chelleyd01

                                        Chelley - it IS an acquired taste - nothing like American yogurt, IMO. In texture, more like sour cream because of its thickness and tangyness (sp?). I really don't like it by itself. But mixed with honey, or fruit preseves, or candied ginger and other things, it really does take on a life of its own!

                                2. Any true Greek-style yogurt is a treat compared to the crap we get here in the U.S. I prefer it sprinkled with Demerara sugar, rather than honey: the crunch vs the smooth is really nice.

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                                  1. re: pikawicca

                                    For that same crunch effect -- which I quite like -- I have tried dried honey (easily found in Korean markets). I also like raspberry jam with the seeds!

                                    1. re: liu

                                      Hmmmm....overpriced, imported yogurt....makes me appreciate the "Byblos" brand (from the Kradjian Importing Co. out of Glendale, Calif.), and the labne from Karoun Dairies (LA). Thick, creamy, a little tangy, a little sweet - great to eat, great to cook with...of course, not near the cachet.

                                      1. re: Alice Letseat

                                        You're right, those are wonderful. But for me -- and probably many others -- the issue is not "cachet" as you so dismissively put it, but the fact that Fage does a low fat and a nonfat version. I can't eat full fat drained yogurt/lebne on a regular basis, but I can (and do) eat Fage 0% every day.

                                        1. re: Ruth Lafler

                                          It's the same for me, Ruth!
                                          I love the 0% Fage, but I can not just eat the Byblos or other labne. I am happy to use any yogurt-type "cream" for dips and marinating and dressings, but they just don't have the Fage flavor for everyday consumption.

                                          1. re: Ruth Lafler

                                            AGreed- As I type this, I am enjoying the Fage 0% with some frozen blueberries and a squirt of honey. Bought at TJ's- and I will have to notice the price next time I am there. It is the 17.6 oz size. I have one container at home, and whten will have to go and stock up. i can say it is something I can eat- and enjoy every day for breakfast.

                                            1. re: macca

                                              17 oz fage container at TJ's is 4.75 I think?

                                              1. re: Jeters

                                                I have no idea!! I have one at home, and will see if it still has the price on it. If it is that high, I will still buy it- I enjoy it so much more than regular yogurt- but I will also see if there is a tj brand of greek yogurt at my local tj's. will test that out- but the creamy, thinck style is so much more enjoyable.

                                                1. re: macca

                                                  A large 2% Fage yogurt is $4.29 at my TJs in Burlington. I haven't purchased the TJ's brand of Greek yogurt yet to compare.

                                                  1. re: LindaWhit

                                                    I usually go to the Burlington or Peabody location- have not tried the 2%, only the 0%.

                                                  2. re: macca

                                                    The TJ's yogurt is pretty good I think.
                                                    I've actually been buying a carton of the TJ's and a carton of Strauss Yogurt (which is also nice and creamy, but not as thick as greek) and folding together a scoop of the TJ's with it. It bumps up the thickness of the yogurt, and even better it lasts a lot longer-- all for the price of one carton of Fage!

                                                    1. re: Jeters

                                                      Thanks. Will give it a try. Have only had it w/ fruit for breakfast, but will venture to try it when cooking.